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Gerri Detweiler

Director of Consumer Education, Credit.com |  In Personal Finance, Managing Debt

Gerri Detweiler is Credit.com’s Director of Consumer Education. She focuses on helping people understand their credit and debt, and writes about those issues, as well as financial legislation, budgeting, debt recovery and savings strategies. She is also the co-author of Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights, and Reduce Stress: Real-Life Solutions for Solving Your Credit Crisis as well as host of TalkCreditRadio.com.

How to Improve Your Credit Score By Labor Day

Credit Score

How to Improve Your Credit Score By Labor Day

How to Improve Your Credit Score By Labor Day

It’s summer, and now hardly feels like the time to “work” on anything. But some things — like boosting your credit score — can be worth some extra motivation. And if you’re looking to finance a large purchase after Labor Day, now’s the time to work on your score. 1. Know Your Weaknesses First step:… Read More

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Job

Personal Finance

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Job

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Job

Growing up in Cincinnati, Jake Cain spent his summers as a teen working at the Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team. He started in concessions, where he earned roughly $70 for five to six hours of work. When sales were good, bonuses boosted his pay to more than $100. When… Read More

Can You Pay Back a Debt in Pennies?

Managing Debt

Can You Pay Back a Debt in Pennies?

Can You Pay Back a Debt in Pennies?

Imagine $2,064 in “nice rolls of quarters nickels and gold dollars” and then imagine trying to use that money to pay a bill. One of our readers tried to do just that. Whether he was ticked off about having to pay that debt (he did say he videotaped his attempt), or whether that was simply… Read More

What Happens If I Ignore My Student Loans?

Students

What Happens If I Ignore My Student Loans?

What Happens If I Ignore My Student Loans?

Failing to repay debt is no joke, especially when you’re talking about student loans. If you default on federal student loans (the most common kind), you’ll likely have to deal with debt collectors, wage garnishment, loss of tax refunds and a trashed credit standing, making it difficult (if not impossible) to rent an apartment, buy… Read More

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